Marissa Knaub

My Story...


Harpist, Marissa Knaub, is a frequent soloist and orchestra performer throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. This summer 2013, Marissa played with the Theater Opera of Pittsburgh and was a featured performer at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City. She was selected principal harpist of the Firelands Symphony in Sandusky, OH and Edgewood Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the harp instructor at Youngstown State University. Prior to this, Marissa was the instructor of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble in Atlanta, GA and adjunct harp professor at Toccoa Falls University.

As a graduate student in Baltimore, Marissa was selected to give solo harp recitals for the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association and performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and other major surrounding area orchestras. She played Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” with the Baltimore Concert Artists’ and the Moscow Ballet Company. In Atlanta, she played with many ensembles and orchestras including the Macon Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ludwig Symphony Orchestra.

Marissa won a resident artist fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival.  She has also played with the Chamber Music International in London, England and with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in British Columbia.  Other notable experiences include performing as jazz harpist with Charlie Haden and Michael Brecker at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as with Ray Charles in Washington D.C.  She also performed at The White House and toured Europe as principal harpist with the West Virginia Ovations Orchestra.  She was a harp teacher at the Young Artists’ Harp Seminar for four summers in Rabun Gap, GA.

Marissa completed the Professional Studies program at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music studying with world-renowned harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis. Marissa holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Jeanne Chalifoux.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she focused on classical and jazz harp repertoire under the tutelage of Felice Pomeranz. She spent many summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, ME studying with the legendary harp teacher, Alice Chalifoux. Marissa began the harp at age ten with Lucy Scandrett in Pittsburgh, PA who inspired her love for the instrument.  In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and taking walks with her adorable toy poodle, Lucy Liu.    

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